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All good things, it has been said, must come to an end, and the New York Auto Show that opens this weekend marks the end of the major auto-show vehicle debuts for this year.
But, it also has been said, good things happen to those who wait, and New York has lots of new vehicles to add to those previewed in Los Angeles, Detroit and Chicago, machines that will arrive in showrooms soon as well as concepts seeking a production thumbs up.
From Chrysler comes a PT Cruiser with an attitude _ a retro sedan gone hot rod with a 215-horsepower turbo that arrives this fall as an `03 model.
The PT Cruiser Turbo, which began life as a high-performance GT Cruiser concept two years ago, will be joined by the PT Cruiser convertible in early `04.
The Turbo joins a Cruiser series that includes the Cruiser Flame, Woodie and Dream Series 1.
With sales of about 150,000 Cruisers last year, but capacity to produce more than 300,000 within two years, Chrysler needed to expand the lineup and attract more buyers and promised it would add derivatives regularly to spark interest. The Turbo and convertible fulfill that promise.
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